Chapter 2: Resident Rights, Ethics, and Law


The willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation or punishment that results in physical harm, pain, or mental anguish; depriving the person of the goods or services needed to attain or maintain well-being


intentionally attempting or threatening to touch a person's body without the person's consent


Touching a persons body without his or her consent

Boundary crossing

a brief act or behavior outside of the helpful zone

Boundary sign

An act, behavior or thought that warns of a boundary crossing or violation

Boundary violation

An act or behavior that meets your needs, not the persons

Civil Law

Laws concerned with relationships between people


Injuring a person's name and reputation by making false statements to a third person


Knowledge of what is right conduct and wrong conduct

Invasion of Privacy**

Violating a person's right not to have his or her name, photo, or private affairs exposed or made public without giving consent


saying or doing something to trick, fool or deceive a person

False imprisonment **

Unlawful restraint or restriction of a person's freedom of movement

Involuntary seclusion

Separating a person from others against his or her will, keeping the person confined to a certain area , or keeping the person away from his or her room without consent


A rule of conduct made by a government body


Making false statements in print, writing, or through pictures or drawings


Negligence by a professional person


Failure to provide the person with the goods or services needed to avoid physical harm, mental anguish or mental illness

Negligence **

An unintentional wrong in which a person did not act in a reasonable and careful manner and a person of the persons property was harmed


Someone who supports or promotes the needs and interests of another person

Professional boundary

that which separates helpful behaviors from behaviors that are not helpful

Professional sexual midconduct

An act, behavior or comment that is sexual in nature

Protected health information **

Identifying information and information about the persons health care that is maintained or sent in any for (paper, electronic, oral)


Any person who has the legal right to act on the residents behalf when he or she cannot do so for him or her self.

self- neglect

A person's behaviors that threaten his or her health and safety


Making false statements orally

Standard of care**

The skills, care and judgments required by a health team member under similar conditions


A wrong committed against a person or the person's property


The care provided to maintain or restore health, improve function, or relieve symptoms

Vulnerable adult

A person 18 years or older who has a disability or condition that puts him or her at risk to be wounded, attacked, or damaged


A legal document of how a person wants property distributed after death.